Egyptian Minister of Irrigation, Hossam Maghazi speaks to the press during a Nile River forum with his Sudanese and Ethiopian counterparts in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on August 25, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ASHRAF SHAZLY
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Egyptian Irrigation Minister Hossam al-Moghazi downplayed Friday the negative effects on Egypt's water supply of the ongoing construction of Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam, saying the first phase of construction would not cause any tangible harm to Egypt."The results of additional studies will appear in March 2015, six months before construction of the first phase of the dam is complete," Moghazi told Anadolu Agency.He added that the first phase of the multibillion-dollar hydroelectric dam would feature a water storage capacity of 14 billion cubic meters, which would not cause any "tangible" harm to Egypt. Moghazi said Egypt was only concerned about the dam's projected storage capacity, which, he says, could erode Egypt's historical share of Nile water.
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